ACR Laboratory

Advanced Concepts Research Laboratory
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
University of Waterloo

A researcher without a vision is like a robot, no matter how sophisticated can both be


Our research philosophy is summarised by a proven good old engineering recipe:

First, realize the physics, then add a pinch of mathematics, a dash of common sense, a generous portion of good attitude, and top it off with a sliver of good approximations. Put all in a blender, let it brew a bit and then savor the outcome...

Survival through science and engineering

Omid Bagheri

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Hamid Akbari Chelaresi

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Abdelrahman ElBadrawy

MASc Graduate Research Assistant

Mauricio Hernandez

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Mus'ab Magam

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Shatha Nassef

PhD Graduate Student Assistant

Vahid Nayyeri

Associate Professor, IUST

Omar M. Ramahi

Professor and Director

Ahmed Sayed

PhD Graduate Research Assistant

(updated July 2022)

Former PhD Students


  1. Saeed Bamatraf, PhD, University of Waterloo, Winter 2022. Thesis: Non-invasive Glucose Monitoring using Microwave Sensor with Machine Learning. Presently, Assistant Professor, Hadhramout University, Hadhramout, Yemen.
  2. Melad Olaimat, PhD, University of Waterloo, Fall 2021. Thesis: Electromagnetic Energy Harvesting. Presently, Assistant Professor at Al Al-Bayt University, Al-Mafraq, Jordan.
  3. Dawood Alsaedi, PhD, University of Waterloo, Spring 2021. Thesis: Breast Cancer Detection Using Microwaves and Microwave-Thermography Techniques. Presently, Assistant Professor at Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia.
  4. Maged Aldhaeebi, PhD, University of Waterloo, Winter 2020. Thesis: Intelligent Microwaves-Based Modalities for Breast Cancer Detection. Presently, Assistant Professor, Hadhramout University, Hadhramout, Yemen.
  5. Syed H. Mirjahanmardi, PhD, University of Waterloo, Winter 2020. Thesis: Microwave Near-Field Imaging and Material Characterization. Presently, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Stanford University.
  6. Faruk Erkmen, PhD, University of Waterloo, Fall 2019. Thesis: Scalable Surfaces for Electromagnetic Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer. Presently, Professor, Humber College, Ontario, Canada.
  7. Ali Albishi, PhD, University of Waterloo, Fall 2018. Thesis: Ultrasensitive Microwave Near-Field Sensors for Detection, Imaging, and Material Characterization. Presently, Assistant Professor, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  8. Ahmed Ashoor, PhD, University of Waterloo, Fall 2018. Thesis: Electromagnetic Energy Harvesting Surface.
  9. Mohamed El Badawe, PhD, University of Waterloo, Spring 2018. Thesis: Metasurfaces for Antennas and Electromagnetic Energy Transfer Applications
  10. Thamer S. Almoneef, PhD, University of Waterloo, Fall 2017. Thesis: Electromagnetic Energy Transduction Using Metamaterials and Antennas. Presently, Associate Professor, Prince Sattam University, Saudi Arabia.
  11. Abdulbaset Ali, PhD,  University of Waterloo, Spring 2017. Thesis: Intelligent Microwaves Detection of Surface and Sub-Surface Anomalies
  12. Miguel Angel Ruphuy, PhD,  University of Waterloo, Spring 2016. Thesis: Electrically Thin Lenses and Reflectors
  13. Mohammed AlShareef, PhD, University of Waterloo, Fall 2014. Thesis: Electrically Small Particles for Energy Harvesting in the Infrared and Microwave Regimes
  14. Zhao Ren, PhD, University of Waterloo, Fall 2013. Thesis: Microwave Near-Field Probes to Detect Electrically Small Particles
  15. Babak Alavikia, PhD, University of Waterloo, Spring 2011. Thesis: Hybrid Computational Algorithms for the Problem of Scattering from Grating Structures
  16. Mohammed Bait-Suwailam, PhD, University of Waterloo, Winter 2011. Thesis: Metamaterials for Decoupling Antennas and Electromagnetic Systems
  17. Hussein Attia, PhD, University of Waterloo, Spring, 2011. Thesis: Artificial Magnetic Material for High Gain Planar Antennas
  18. Ali Kabiri, PhD, University of Waterloo, Spring 2010. Thesis: Artificial Magnetic Materials: Limitations, Synthesis and Possibilities
  19. Leila Yousefi, PhD, University of Waterloo, Spring 2009. Thesis: Theory, Design and Development of Artificial Magnetic Materials
  20. Muhammed S. Boybay, PhD, University of Waterloo, Spring 2009. Thesis: Sensitivity Enhancement of Near-Field Probes using Negative Materials
  21. Baharak Mohajer-Iravani, PhD, University of Maryland, Fall 2007. Thesis: Electromagnetic Bandgap (EBG) Structures for Noise Mitigation in Chasses and Packages
  22. Mohammad Kermani, PhD, University of Maryland at College Park,  Fall 2006. Thesis: The ADI-FDTD Method for High Accuracy Electrophysics Problems
  23. Jie Qin, PhD, University of Maryland at College Park, Fall 2006. Thesis: Planar Electromagnetic Bandgap (EBG) Structures for Noise Mitigation in High Speed Circuits
  24. Shahrooz Shahparnia, PhD, University of Maryland at College Park,  Fall 2005. Thesis: Electromagnetic Bandgap Structures for Broadband Noise Mitigation in High-Speed Packages
  25. Lin Li, PhD, University of Maryland at College Park,  Spring 2004. Thesis: Analysis and Mitigation of Electromagnetic Noise in Resonant Cavities and Apertures
  26. Xin Wu, PhD, University of Maryland at College Park,  Fall 2003. Thesis: Developing Highly Accurate and Stable Open-Region Electromagnetic Simulations
  27. Telesphor Kamgaing, PhD, University of Maryland at College Park,  Fall 2003. Thesis: High-Impedance Electromagnetic Surfaces for Mitigation of Switching Noise in High-Speed Circuits  



Former MS Students

  1. Saleh Ba RaeanMASc. University of Waterloo, Spring 2022. Thesis: Microwave Medical Imaging Using Inverse Radon Transform and Quasi-Static Simulator.
  2. Mohammed Aldosari, MASc. University of Waterloo, Spring 2018. Thesis: Wideband Rectenna System for Microwave Power Transfer
  3. Humayra Naosaba, MASc, University of Waterloo, Fall 2014. Thesis: Negative Material Inspired Microwave Water Heating System.
  4. Abdulaziz Ali Alqahtani, MASc, University of Waterloo, Winter 2014. Thesis: Electrically Small Probe for Near-field Detection Applications
  5. Ahmed Ashoor, MASc, University of Waterloo, Fall 2012. Thesis: Artificial Neural Networks for Microwave Detection.
  6. Ali Albishi, MASc, University of Waterloo, Spring 2012. Thesis: Detection of Sub-Millimeter Surface Cracks using Complementary Split-Ring Resonator.
  7. Thamer S. Almoneef, MASc, University of Waterloo, Spring 2012. Thesis: Antennas and Metamaterials for Electromagnetic Energy Harvesting
  8. Na'el Suwan, MASc, University of Waterloo, Fall 2011. Thesis: Investigation of RF Direct Detection Architecture Circuits for Metamaterial Sensor Applications.
  9. Mani Kashanianfard, MASc, University of Waterloo, Spring 2009. Thesis: Electromagnetic Wave Transmission through sub-Wavelength Channels and Bends using Metallic Wires.
  10. Samer Abdullah, MASc, University of Waterloo, Fall 2007. Co-supervised by Professor Kostadinka Bizheva (Department of Physics and Astronomy). Thesis: Finite-Difference Time-Domain Simulations of Light Scattering from Retinal Photoreceptors.
  11. Abhinav Pathak, MS, University of Maryland at College Park, Spring 2006.
  12. Omar Amin, MS, University of Maryland at College Park, Spring 2006. Thesis: Design of a Wireless Fish Lengthening Board for Fisheries Research
  13. Shahrooz Shahparnia, MS, University of Maryland at College Park, Spring 2005
  14. Baharak Mohajer-Iravani, MS, University of Maryland at College Park, Spring 2004. Thesis: Coupling Reduction using Electromagnetic Band Gap Structures in Enclosures and Cavities
  15. Vinay Subramanian, MS, University of Maryland at College Park, Fall 2002. Thesis: Modeling and Prediction of Switching Noise in High-Speed Circuits and Packages
  16. Vijaya Chebolu, MS, University of Maryland at College Park, Fall 2002. Thesis: Frequency-Domain Simulation of Open-Region Radiation and Scattering Problems using the Complementary Operators Method

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Courses taught at the University of Waterloo

2016

ECE 207, Signals and Systems, Fall 2016, undergraduate course

ECE 675, Radiation and Propagation of Electromagnetic Field, Fall 2016, graduate course

ECE 106, Physics of Electrical Engineering I, Spring 2016, undergraduate 1st year course

GENE 123, Electrical Engineering for Civil Engineers, Winter 2016, undergraduate 1st year course

2015

ECE 207, Signals and Systems, Winter 2015, undergraduate 2nd year course; 

ECE 475/770, Electromagnetic Radiation and Propagation, Combined undergraduate-graduate course

2014

ECE 770, Special Topics: Artificial Electromagnetic Media and Metamaterial, Fall 2014, graduate course

ECE 106, Physics of Electrical Engineering, Winter 2014, undergraduate 1st year course

GENE 123, Electrical Engineering for Civil Engineers, Winter 2014, undergraduate 1st year course

2013

ECE 106, Physics of Electrical Engineering I, Spring 2013, undergraduate 1st year course

ECE 375, Electromagnetic Fields and Waves, Spring 2013, undergraduate 3rd year course

ECE 675, Radiation and Propagation of Electromagnetic Fields, Fall 2013, graduate course

2011

ME 123, Electrical Engineering for Mechanical Engineers, Spring 2011, undergraduate 1st year course

2010

ECE 770, Special Topics: Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility, Fall 2010, graduate course

ECE 370,   Electromagnetic Fields, Spring 2010, undergraduate 3rd year course  

2009

ECE 675, Radiation and Propagation of Electromagnetic Field, Fall 2009, graduate course

ECE 370, Electromagnetic Fields, Winter 2009, undergraduate 3rd year course

ME 123, Electrical Engineering for Mechanical Engineers, Winter 2009, undergraduate 1st year course   

2008

ECE 770, Introduction to Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility, Spring 2008, graduate course.

ECE 476, Antennas and Radiating Systems, Winter 2008, undergraduate 4th year elective course   

2007

ME 123, Electrical Engineering for Mechanical Engineers, Spring 2007, undergraduate 1st year course

ECE 370, Electromagnetic Fields, Spring 2007, undergraduate 3rd year course

ME 123, Winter 2007

2006

ECE 675, Radiation and Propagation of Electromagnetic Field, Fall 2006, graduate course            

2005

ECE 675, Radiation and Propagation of Electromagnetic Field, Fall 2005



Courses taught at the University of Maryland

 2005

ENME 350, Electronics and Instrumentation I, Spring 2005, undergraduate 3rd year course 

2004

ENME 808V, Advanced Packaging for Signal Integrity and Electromagnetic Interference Control, Fall 2004, graduate course           

ENME 350, Fall 2004

ENME 350, Spring 2004

2003

ENME 350, Fall 2003

2002

ENME 808V, Advanced Packaging for Signal Integrity and Electromagnetic Interference Control, 

Fall 2002, graduate course

ENME 350, Fall 2002

ENME 489E, Solar Decathlon, Spring 2002, undergraduate 3rd/4th year course

ENME 350, Spring 2002

2001

ENME 489E, Fall 2001

ENME 350, Fall 2001

ENME 489E, Spring 2001

ENME 350, Spring 2001

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September 14, 2018
Congratulations to Ahmed Ashoor on the successful defense of his PhD thesis

April 2, 2018
Congratulations to Mohamed El Badawe on the successful defense of his PhD thesis
Unfortunately the robe was missing at the time of defense so the robing ceremony will most likely take place after Mohamed's final seminar.

July 26, 2017
Congratulations to Thamer on the successful defense of his PhD thesis
Thamer can be seen here after the robing ceremony unofficially declaring him a Doctor.
pictured from the left, Maged Al-Otaibi, Prof. Omar Ramahi, Prof. Chris Backhouse, Thamer Almoneef, Ahmed Ashoor and half of Ali Albishi

April 12, 2017
Congratulations to Abdulbaset Ali on the successful defence of his PhD Thesis
Well done Abdulbaset



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